Language arts is a very tough part of school.
Then again, so is math, social studies, science and any other part of school.
But school will be school, and school is hard.
Many kids especially struggle with language arts, because it is so inconsistent, unlike studies like math or science, because something could be different every time you write. Yes, there are grammar and spelling rules, but they are very inconsistent in English. Writing normally takes a long time, and the whole time you have to be focused. You have to be creative to do good writing. Some people have a natural knack for writing, but others need practice. No matter what, anybody can write a great story, it just takes time and effort.
Here are the steps you should follow to write the best story in class:
First, find inspiration. Look through old magazines, think about your favourite book, or have a conversation with a friend and use it to generate ideas. You could also write a story loosely based on something that happened to you. Also, you could try clicking here: THIS LINK will give you ideas for titles, plots, characters and more. In this step, it is very easy to get distracted, so don’t be hard on yourself when finalising your idea. Pick an idea and roll with it. You can modify your plot, characters and settings as you go, but you can’t slow down time, so, especially if this is a school assignment, don’t waste time just trying to find an idea.
Now, you should write a plan. We know teachers are already pushing you to do this in school, but normally it is kind of like a fill-in-the-blanks worksheet, and sometimes those aren’t the best. You don’t have to do a worksheet to write a plan. You can just write some basic bullet points that give you the general idea of what you want to write, and it can also help you not to forget. KidMag plans out what they want to write, too! Here is the plan we used for our article on The First Month Of Junior High:
could not find class
Went to office
Felt like crying in a corner
Only kid in the hall #lonely
Asked for help gave them wrong directions
Went back up stairs
Could not open locker
Asked humanities teacher for directions
Tried out for volleyball
Got cut off a second try out
See? It is a very loose plan that might not have correct spelling and grammar, but it gives whoever is writing the story a basic idea, and the person writing the story would be YOU, so you will be the only one who understands. Your plan may not make sense to other people, but as long as it makes sense to you, it’s perfect!
Now, practice your “juicy words”. Your teacher may have used this phrase before, but it means words that could describe something in a unique or creative way. It gives the reader a really good description of what is happening or of a certain object.
You may have been just the opposite of descriptive in your plan, but now is the time to really use your adjectives. Try the exercise below to practice (we’re serious. You should actually do this, because just like when you are doing a sport, warming up for writing makes it easier to write. Don’t worry, the activity below isn’t as boring as the worksheet you had to do at school.) Define the following words with as much description as you can:
You are starting a business that inspects eggs from local farms to make sure they are good for sales. Name your company and give a good description of what your company does:
Click THIS LINK .
Then, copy and paste five random adjectives from the article you find on the link, and find a better way to say them. For example, if I copy and pasted the word “good”, I could change it to “satisfactory”, or something along those lines.
P.S: An adjective is a word that describes something. For example, if the sentence “I found an amazing pair of shoes online”, amazing is the adjective, because it is describing a noun, which are the shoes.
REALLY STRUGGLING WITH THIS PART? Use a thesaurus (click here).
Now, think of a simple goal in your head. You don’t have to have strategies or anything, but it has to be reasonable. Your goal is about how long your story is.
Here are the DO’S and DON’T’S of goal setting in story writing:
- DO make it reasonable. If you are a slower writer, and you know it, don’t set your goal to have a twenty page story.
- DON’T have a quantity over quality mindset. Would you rather read, 1., a 700 page, EXTREMELY boring biography about the man who invented window cleaning spray, or 2., a short entertaining story about something interesting? Did you answer 2? Your teacher that you are going to hand this in to probably would as well, so don’t worry too much about your story being really long. Detail matters more, so have a quality over quantity mindset, rather than quantity over quality.
- DO consider the deadline. If you have one day to write this story, don’t set a goal to have a story over three pages, even if you are a fast writer.
- DON’T set your goal too high. We have already mentioned this before, and can’t stress this enough for two reasons. The first one is, if you are more focused on how long your story is, you won’t focus on detail, which is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times more important than length. Second, if you don’t reach the unreasonable goal you set for yourself (which is to write 500 pages in twenty minutes), you won’ feel any sense of acccomplishment, because it is almost guaranteed that you won’t reach your ridiculous goal.
OK! Now, get writing. Remember, quality over quantity, and always use description, but not so much that you can’t understand what you are saying.
SO! Good luck! Remember to tell us how your story turned out via our contact page!